Fresno Fire Chief Charged With Felonies
FRESNO, CALIFORNIA, FIRE CHIEF ROB BROWN, was arrested Wednesday night at his home and charged with felony domestic violence and domestic threats.
Fresno sheriff deputies were called to the home by a family member who reported violent acts taking place within the household against more than one family member. When the deputies arrived they found Brown in the front yard obviously intoxicated and belligerent. He was uncooperative with the deputies at first, but they got him calmed down and were able to interview him inside the house. He was then arrested, handcuffed and taken to the jail where he remained overnight until he posted bail Thursday morning.
The Fresno Bee reports:
Sheriff's spokesman Chris Curtice said Brown knocked his wife, Fresno city emergency manager Beth Brown, to the floor and choked another family member.
Brown, 50, was pepper-sprayed more than once as family members tried to intervene in an assault on an unnamed family member, Curtice said. He said none of the family members requested treatment for injuries.
"He basically assaulted his wife and assaulted another family member," Curtice said. "He apparently struck his wife more than once, knocking her to the floor twice.
"The assault on the other family member, he was choked and threatened to kill him," Curtice said. Brown was booked into Fresno County Jail shortly before midnight on felony charges of corporal injury to a spouse and criminal threats.
The city released a statement saying Brown has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation. The statement said the city would have no other comment. When Brown was hired in April 2012, the city said his annual salary was set at $160,404.
Beth Brown was hired in October 2012 as the city's emergency manager after a national search. The couple has four sons.
Brown, whose full name is James Robert Brown Jr., is a 30-year veteran firefighter. Before coming to Fresno, he was the fire chief in Stafford County, Va., since 2005.
Brown has a combined 15 years as fire chief for other departments in the metropolitan areas of Kansas City, Cincinnati and Denver. He also served as the president of the Colorado State Fire Chiefs and president of the Missouri Valley Division of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
KFSN-TV has more details in this video report:
The corporal injury charge carries a penalty of up to four years in prison and a fine of $6,000 or both. The criminal threat charge is punishable by a year behind bars.
The Browns have been married for more than 20 years and have 4 children.
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